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Cleaning up some old email, I recalled something I'd forgotten. Remember my complaint about "J311seshunz" It's based on some real email I've received. Stranger yet is that the original set of messages came from J311seshunz (all names blurred to protect the original sender). A few weeks later that same person contacted me with an address of "8canb4u". In that message, I was asked to use an address beginning with "diva7000". The person has actually been quite helpful, providing some details that may help me add another state to UniqueID. But it's still weird. Why three addresses in the span of almost as many weeks? Indeed, when they emailed with the 8canb4u address, I almost deleted it as spam. It took a while to realize that this was the same person as J311.
I hate it when people forward me a piece of spam they thought was funny without editing out the superfluous parts and commenting on the irony or context of teh funnay. Its spam, I got a copy too you know.
Hoi there. Edit nazi here. I'm pressed for time, so I won't give you the usual line-by-line critique. But suffice it to say that the 'use proper grammar' section has more missing words and punctuation than is strictly necessary to convey your point. There are a few other problems, but most are clustered toward the end, where you were either rushing or grumpy.
Jesus Christ! This board has maybe 5 readers and it ALREADY has a grammar/spelling Nazi!
This internet is broken, I want a refund.
I prefer to think of Ben as my complimentary editor.
*pokes a gun into your ribs*
I said I want a refund. Do I have to repeat myself?
I did a few edits. I may take another stab later. Unfortunately I post most of these all too late at night, so I'm a bit out of it. Not a good time to proofread.
Dood!!!! Speallinz iz hrd! !! rplyz r hrd 2!!!
Teh 1nterw3b iz hrd!!! shift+1 isn't.
(btw, Ben is teh awesome. Don't be threatin' him, Petrarch.)
Petrarch? I haven't heard that since high school. Is that you Steve?
I'm annoyed that Google doesn't support wildcarding. Their automatic expansion / truncation (eat -> eat, eats, eating, etc.) is pretty cool, but I really want to be able to query
to catch all the times Alan's put an E where an A belongs. Alas, I can only search for these transgressions one at a time:
You need sex, Ben.
A lot of sex.
Oi! Don't be messing with my spellchecker!
I'm amused that about half of the hits from the google searches Ben suggested are to Ben's comment. I didn't realize Google liked me so much.
I get a fair amount of e-mail, also, and what really gets me is when a co-worker e-mails a link to some crap and then comes over a bugs you two minutes later asking if you saw "the cool web-site". And they just don't take a hint.
P.S. "I much more likely..." is in your rant.
That's what YIM is for. Why bother walking to someone's office when you can bother them at the press of a return key?
By request, I've anonymized a poster's identity above. (That would be the "Anonymous" poster.)
On that note, while I'm very hesitant to change posts; my offer to set the Gravatar icon for old posts for friends of mine stands. Just email me.
Can I have all of my posts names changed to "Alan De Smet"?
I enjoyed your philippic on email etiquette, and agree with you on each point. I've often seen the same egregious lack of thought and courtesy in my own email box and muttered to myself about it, and I thought you stated the problems and simple civil solutions very well.
So please don't think I'm trying to be snide when I mention a tiny spelling problem: there is no "e" in "grammar".
I'm not usually a picker of nits, but if I were making a point about spelling and grammar, and accidentally titled my point "Use proper grammer", I'd want somebody to let me know about it. I hope you take this in the right spirit.
Regards, Jerry Cosyn
This internet stuff is a broad and shallow sea at best, so why complain so bitterly Rubbish in rubbish out. Perhaps it all means something, but I suspect not very much. It is just taking ephemera to an even more ephemeral level. So that'll be footsteps in the sand getting washed out every day won't it? Pip pip The Mad Muller